Townsend, GA – Derek Dekle Killed in Fatal Truck Accident on I-95
Last updated Thursday, February 16th, 2023
Townsend, GA (February 15, 2023) – A man was killed in a fatal truck accident that took place on a highway in Townsend on the morning of Wednesday, February 15.
According to Georgia State Patrol officials, the accident happened at 2:15 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-95 around the area of mile marker 62. Police confirmed that a driver was traveling in a box truck in the area when their vehicle was involved in a rear-end collision with a tractor-trailer. Both vehicles sustained damages in the accident.
Paramedics, fire crews, and other McIntosh County responders were immediately called to the scene to help those in need. The driver of the box truck, who has been identified as 52-year-old Derek Dekle, was tragically pronounced dead at the scene due to traumatic injuries. There was a passenger in his vehicle who was flown to a Savannah hospital for medical treatment, but his current condition is not yet known. Police said the driver of the tractor-trailer was not hurt.
The roadway was blocked in several northbound lanes of traffic for several hours as police worked to clear the scene.
No further details have been released, but the investigation into the accident continues. Police will update with new information as it becomes available.
We would like to take this time to offer our warmest condolences to the family and friends of the victim whose life was taken in this accident. We also hope that the injured passenger receives a speedy recovery from their injuries.
Fatal Truck Accidents in Georgia
Though truck accidents are not the most common type of accident, they are capable of leading to some of the most extensive harm in an accident. This is mostly due to the fact that trucks are tens of thousands of pounds heavier than passenger vehicles, which means that they are capable of causing catastrophic harm. Each year, an average of 180 to 230 people are killed in fatal truck accidents in Georgia. If you have lost someone you love in a fatal truck crash, it is crucial that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Far too often, truck accidents lead to serious injuries or even take the lives of those involved. Truck accident fatalities actually account for 14% of the total crash-related fatalities that occur in Georgia every year. Families often wonder where they will turn if someone they love was taken from them prematurely in a fatal collision. You should be prepared to speak with a Townsend truck accident attorney who has handled complex wrongful death claims if you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident.
At Monge & Associates Injury and Accident Attorneys, our attorneys are here to help you after you have lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident. We believe in protecting your fundamental rights and providing you with the resources that you need to move forward successfully after a truck accident that is not your fault. Our attorneys will help you seek compensation for some of the following aspects:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses
Please do not hesitate to contact a wrongful death attorney in Townsend at (888) 688-1924 to find out what we can do for you in your dire time of need.
Note: Our writers used secondary sources when creating this accident news post. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this accident; therefore, if there is any information that is incorrect, contact Monge & Associates immediately. We will correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will remove a post if requested.
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